Deep Sea Salt Water Fishing in South Florida Ft.Lauderdale on Happy Day Today/Capt. Zsak
Sunny skies in Ft. Lauderdale South Florida. Winds out of the west northwest, 15-20 mph. Michael Kent and wife, Jean, son Ryan, and daughter Rachel from the south side of Chicago combined a business trip with a deep sea sport fishing charter on the Happy Day Today in Ft. Lauderdale South Florida.
Our main target was Atlantic Sailfish. We ordered a dozen Goggle Eyes for bait from Bud the baitman. We started off trolling off the sea buoy in Ft. Lauderdale, heading to the south, with a current about 3 knots going to the north, exchanging the water quickly over the reefs. We set up two kites with a total of 4 live Goggle Eyes for bait and one from the rigger. Our first bite was a 25 lb. King Fish, which we call Anacondas, that skyrocketed out of the water a good 15 feet, making his appearance very obvious. Ryan was our first angler, and bringing the King Fish to the boat a good challenge for him. Mitch, our mate, gaffed the Anaconda with care so as not to get bitten by the razor sharp teeth.
Our next angler was Rachel, and we wondered what our next catch would be. Sailfish on the left long!!! This Sailfish decided to swim to the north, tangling the long and short kite baits on the right, however, Mitch was able to untangle the mess which allowed Rachel to fight her fish. After numerous leaps, the Sailfish was brought to the side of the boat for picture taking and release. Since this was Rachel’s first Sailfish, she was overjoyed and proud of this catch.
Now it was Ryan’s turn again, sitting in the fighting chair waiting his arrival. Sailfish on the right short!!! After a 25 minute battle, Ryan brought the Sailfish to the boat and again pictures went flying and thereafter, the Sailfish was released.
We brought in both kites and made a move to the south of Ft. Lauderdale, back over a wreck. After putting out the kites and one bait from the rigger, the rigger line came down and this fish sounded on us. More than likely it was not a Sailfish since Sailfish tend to come to the surface, and this fish did not. Tuna, Bonita, King Fish???? The fish came closer to the boat, and Mike, who was the angler, brought the fish to the side of the boat. Mitch gaffed the 20 lb. Bonita and put it into the fish box. Bonitas are not noted as good eatable fish, but they are good strip baits.
It was now time to end our deep sea fishing charter trip off of Ft. Lauderdale South Florida, so we headed back to the dock.
The month of March was a very good month for Mahi, Wahoo, Black Fin, Sailfish and Shark fishing. April is also turning out to be a very productive month. We have had good current and the bait have been holding on the structure which is great and hope they stay another month. The bite is good and continues to be good.
For a successful and adventurous deep sea salt water fishing excursion on the Happy Day Today in sunny South Florida Ft. Lauderdale, contact Captain Zsak. - 954-439-8106 – www.topshotfishing.com